A pilot whose fighter jet crashed on Monday shortly after taking off from a base in Nevada has died, the Air Force base has confirmed.
The aircraft took off from Nellis Air Force Base (NAFB), located near Las Vegas, at around 2:30 p.m. local time on Monday and crashed near the southern edge of the facility. Several federal and local first responders remain on the scene.
Orko Manna, a reporter for 8 News Now, wrote on Twitter that smoke from the plane could “reportedly be seen for miles” in the aftermath of the incident.
NAFB has not yet released any information about the cause of the crash, but they confirmed that the pilot, who has not yet been named, was the only person onboard at the time of the fatal incident.
The base confirmed that the plane was “owned and piloted” by Draken US, a “Florida-based company contracted to provide adversary air support to Nellis Air Force Base.”
Draken maintains several aircraft at the facility, which is located in southern Nevada, 8 miles from Las Vegas.
In a statement on Monday evening, Draken wrote that it had “received news of a downed aircraft out of Nellis AFB and the tragic loss of one of our pilots. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people and families affected by this event.
“We are doing everything in our power to assist them in this time of need, and we are working closely with federal, state and local authorities.”
NAFB also released a statement about the crash on Monday, writing: “The men and women of Team Nellis send our deepest condolences to the teammates, friends and family of our Draken wingman.”
Newsweek has contacted NAFB, NTSB and Draken for comment.